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egyptian security forces storm a cairo neighborhood arresting 48 people and looking for dozens of others. hello, and welcome. you're watching al jazeera live from dohdoha. >> translator: we have not pursued our sought a nuclear and won't do it. >> iran's new president promises his country won't seek a nuclear
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weapon. assad says they'll destroy their womens in one year but wants the u.s. to pay the billi billion dollar cost. we begin in egypt where security forces have stormed a neighborhood on the outskirts of cairo. they have arrested 48 people so far, but the police are looking for more than 100 others accused of violence following overthrow of president mohamed morsi in july. this is mostly in the giza district. our correspondent is live in cairo with the latest. >> police and the army moved into cadassa.
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there were armored personnel carriers and people armed on the streets, too. they went into this area essentially because on the 15th of august, just after the sit-ins were clored, pro-brotherhood sit-ins, in kedashah there was a reaction to that. the police station was stormed by an angry mob that killed seven police officers and set the station on fire. since then it's a no-go area for the police. this is the interim government taking kadasas back. there's gunfighting on the streets this morning and one fatality we know of, a fairly high-ranking police officer. we don't know of any deaths on the other side, the non-police or non-army side.
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we think this operation is still ongoing. there's still gunfire going on there. a number of are arrested. police have sealed off kadash now. they're trying to root out. in afghanistan ten policemen have been killed. they were ambushed in a northeastern province. in that area they had reported killed 50 canntaliban fighters. the iranian president said he has the full authority to negotiate a deal on the iran nuclear program. rosalynn has the new on that announcement. >> reporter: in his first interview becoming the president of iran, he made no sign making
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news. are they tries to build a nuclear weapons arsenal. >> translator: we have not pursued or sought a nuclear bomb, and we are not going to do so. >> reporter: the reporter made it clear to nbc the obama administration would not get mixed signals in future talks on iran's nuclear program. >> translator: in its nuclear power this government enters with full power and has complete authority. i have given the nuclear negotiations portfolio to the foreign ministry. the problem won't be from our side. we have sufficient political latitude to solve this problem. >> reporter: the u.s. has long accused iran of lying about intentions and that has driven washington to impose round after round of economic sanctions on tehran. they say those sanctions starved the iranian economy which he's under pressure to rejuvenate. but the obama administration who tried to improve relations with
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mahmoud ahmadinejad is trying again. >> there is an opportunity here for diplomacy. i hope the iranians take advantage of it. there are indications that row hani, the new president, is somebody looking to open dialogue with the west and with the united states in a way that we haven't seen in the past. >> reporter: he sent him a letter of congratulations after his recent election, a gesture rouhani welcomed. after the government released ten political prisoners on wednesday, this reaction from the u.s. state department. we welcome today's report that the government has released several prisoners of conscience. in the months ahead we hope he continues to keep his promises to the iranian people. both row hani and obama will be at the united nations next week.
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>> he says the timing of this interview and release of prisoners is significant. >> i think the release of the political prisoners and his statement about iran's nuclear program must be viewed in the context of a very major strategy decision the republic of iran has made. that decision is they want to somehow reach an agreement with the western world, particularly with the united states, over iran's nuclear program. sanctions have hurt the iranian people, and people are sick and tired. therefore, the government has to respond. rouhani seems to support it.
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he has recently said that iran must be ready for flexible compromise, which in the convoluted language of iranian leaderships mean iran must reach an agreement, compromise with the west over its disputed nuclear program. president assad told a u.s. television channel that syria is ready to destroy its chemical weapons. he denied his government was behind last month's attack, but he insisted he would fully abide by laws set up by the chemical weapons convention, saying we didn't say we were joining partially that agreement or organization. we joined fully. we sent the letter and documents, and we are committed to the full requirements of this agreement. he added, it needs a lot of money and needs about $1 billion. if the american administration is ready to pay that money and take responsibility of bringing toxic materials to the united states, why don't they do it? assad denied responsibility for
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last month's chemical attack. he said no one has verified the credibility of the pictures and video. the only verified things are the samples that the delegation took. well, fighters affiliated to al qaeda have taken control of a town near syria's border with turkey from the free syrian army rebels. both sides are fighting to topple president assad. the battle started after the free syrian army refused to hand over a german doctor accused to be a spy. in tripoli judges will decide how the case should proceed. he faces a series of charged related to the 2011 war. he's charged with murder, harming the state's security and insulting libya's new flag. the former spy chief is also charged with murder. if convicted they could both
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face a death sentence. 36 others facing charges including the encitement to rape. libyan's security general said it's been awaited by the people. >> translator: the case of the gaddafi regime will be on september 2013. we keep our proposition and present this case that was awaited by the libyan people for a long time. it will be transferred to the indictment chamber to the tripoli junior court. japan's prime minister visited the damaged fukushima plant. abe will deal with the issue of looking radioactive waters. half the water is treated but the other half is stored in tanks that have been leaking into the sea. at least 80 people are dead in mexico after two powerful storms hit, one of which is now a hurricane. the state of guerrero on the
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pacific coast is one of the hardest-hit areas. david mercer is in acapulco where rescuers are battling to reach thousands of people. >> reporter: desperate for help, hundreds of people from the village have been stranded for days. many have gone without food or drinking water since severe flooding left them homeless. government provided rations are a lifeline, but people say it's not enough. >> translator: we haven't eaten since it started raining. the water took away everything. the children are sick. >> reporter: fisherman jose lopez says he was lucky to get his disabled daughter out their house in time. >> translator: look at my house now. the water took everything. the bed, fridge, everything. we're homeless now. >> reporter: more than a million people were affected by two tropical storms that slammed into mexico last weekend. worst hit was the pacific state
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of guerrero where more than 40 people have died. in some areas two months worth of rain fell in just two days. thousands have been forced to seek refuge in acapulco. here people wait for the water to recede and the mudslides to be cleared wondering what awaits them when they return home. but the government has a perhaps more pressing job to take care of first. 40,000 tourists have been trapped in acapulco since the storms hit. many say they've been here waiting in line for a flight for more than three days. they're hot. they're tired. they've had enough. as tensions rise, some passengers have started blocking the entrance to the military airstrip. >> translator: planes keep arriving and leave but the line doesn't move. there's a lot of people with little children sleeping here for 72 hours. >> reporter: with more storms on the way, the government is now racing against time trying to get supplies where they're
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needed the most. david mercer, al jazeera, acapulco, mexico. we'll have a look at the weather now but after that we tell you about a set-back for silvio bers cone any. the plight of india's widows cast out by their families with velthsz to survive on. there's more to financial news than the ups and downs
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let's go to our headlines in al jazeera. egyptian security forces have stormed a suburb of cairo. police are looking for more than 100 accused of violence following the overthrow of president mohamed morsi in july. iran's president says his country will never build a weapon of mass destruction, and that he's been given full authority to negotiate a deal on iran's nuclear program. president assad is ready to destroy syria's chemical weapons. speaking on u.s. television, he said he would fully comply with the chemical weapons convention, but he denied his government was behind last month's chemical attack near damascus. well, international aid agency oxfam says many countries are falling short of what to give to syria and humanitarian aid. in june the u.n. launched a $5 billion appeal, and only 44% of that sum has been received. it's also worked out how many
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each country should contribute according to the size of their economy. influential players like cqatar have sent 3% of what they would. while the united states has donated the most syria, 63% of its share fair accords to oxfam. it's needed for the growing number of refugees. now jordan's government is opening a new camp. we have this report from jordan. >> translator: this is where jordan's second refugee camp for syrian is being built east of the capital of amman near the border with saudi arabia. construction began in april when the government realized syrian refugees were going to keep coming. jordan always has the largest refugee camp for syrians in the reson and the second largest in
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the world. this new facility is going to be even bigger. eventually it will be able to house 130,000 people. >> any influx that comes in right now immediately we have room in the camp, which can straightaway absorb 20,000 up front. we can go up to 20,000-plus as it is to be absorbed on eye contingency basis. >> this area is a vast desert of volcanic rock with a severe climate. they're trying to do things differently from lessons learned. >> we have smaller units to serve more people and there is more ownership and less vandalism. we have already units for about 16,000 people, but at the emergency rate they can be available for 50,000 people as of today. >> reporter: aid agencies hope to get this camp up and running
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with $60 million worth of funding. huge water and septic tanks have been installed and roads have been paved. after listening to the frustrations of syrians living in the refugee camps, homes have been redesigned based on the feedback. these new fabricated units are more durable structures able to withstand extreme weather conditions. families can also enjoy more privacy because they can install partitions inside their homes. the government refused to allow more permanent buildings than these. there are fears that anything built with comment could mean this colossal refugee crisis is here to stay. nobody knows if this camp will ever fill up, but by building it the jordani iaian government is taking any chances with the war next door. police in greece have used tear gas against protesters
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angry over the killing of a left-wing musician. the man that belongs to the far right golden dawn party is under arrest. now he's reportedly confessed to the murder. in italy berlusconi's efforts to avoid being forced out of the italian parliament has suffered another set-back. the former disgraced prime minister convicted of massive tax fraud last month and says he will stay in politics. >> reporter: for a man used to getting his own way, it was the moment berlusconi was dreading, a vote in the italian senate making it more likely he should be stripped of his seat, the ultimate humiliation. hours earlier he gave a statesmanlike speech, but he stint a statesman anymore. he's now a convicted criminal banned from holding office. >> translator: i have not committed any crime. i'm not guilty of anything.
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i am innocent, i am absolutely innocent. >> reporter: experts have been divided. there a resignation coming or a career relaunch? in the end it was either. berlusconi is saying he's still here. >> somebody has decided to get through berlusconi through judicial means with forcing the rules and going against our constitution. >> reporter: berlusconi is one of italy's richest men, but his fortunes took a negative turn in august when a conviction for tax fraud was upheld. a year's imprisonment likely underhouse arrest and a ban from political office the price, one of many setbacks for the man who spent years living his life in front of the cameras and courts. in june the 76-year-old was convicted of paying this underage girl for sex, and earlier this week italy's supreme court decided
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berlusconi's family must pay around $670 million in damages to a media rival in a case involving bribery on a judge more than 20 years ago. so fighting allegations fighting competitors, now berlusconi's biggest political fight is under way. there's one think almost certain, and it is there. with berlusconi at the heart of it, this will not be a quiet affair. at least six people have died in the canadian capital of ottawa after a bus crashed into a train during rush hour. witnesses say the double-decker bus went through a closed crossing barrier. they tried to warn the driver. the mother of the gunman that killed at least 12 people at the washington navy yard has expressed remorse at her son's actions. the u.s. military is looking into new measures to protect employees from what it calls workplace violence.
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alan fisher has this report. >> reporter: they know who but don't know. u.s. investigators are still trying to figure out alexis shot and killed 12 people at the navy yard. alexis' mother has apologized toot victims' families. >> he has had a profound effect on the families of the victims. i don't know why he did what he did, and i won't be able to ask him why. >> reporter: at the pentagon reporters wanted to know why alexis' past didn't keep him from getting a job as a defense contractor and secret security clearance. he had a history of run-ins with law enforcement. a month ago he called police in rhode island to complain he was hearing voices. authorities say alexis was never convicted of a crime, so passed background screening but they admit more could be done. >> there were a lot of red flags as you noted. why they didn't get picked up and incorporated into the clearance process, what he was
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doing, those are all legitimate questions that we're going to be dealing with. >> reporter: one thing officials quickly dismissed, whether the pentagon cut corners on screening any contractors to save money. >> the budget issue did not degrade the security at the navy yard and in any way contribute to this. >> reporter: the military refused to wane on the need for expanded gun control in the u.s., while a number of gun control groups dahl called for background checks. as the pentagon and white house made plans for a memorial service on sunday, some of the relatives of the navy yard workers urged the public not to forget their loved ones. >> my husband was a wonderful, wonderful man. he was always happy. >> reporter: a call to remember even as the search for answers is just beginning. alan fisher, al jazeera,
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washington. united nations officials have found atroscities in north korea. they say they have systemically violated human rights. they're hearing evidence in bangkok. we met a family who will soon testify. >> reporter: if she is listening her brother has a message for her. >> translator: i miss you so much. i've been waiting for you every day. i'm deaf and can't hear anymore. >> reporter: if she's alive today, she would be 58. for more than a county of a century her family had no idea how or why she disappeared while working as a massage therapist in makow in 1978. then came news from a couple that say they knew her well from, of all places, north korea. >> translator: the reporter came to see us. all our family gathered in the
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house and cried for her. >> reporter: american deserter tom jenning tinz showed this picture in the world. behind and his abducted japanese wife is a woman that told them her name was anocha and she was from thailand. this is the house that her family built with the money she used to send back to them in northern thailand. her brother and his son have continued to ask the thai government to pressure the north korean government for her release. pyongyang denies the story and the current government in bangkok isn't inclined to help. >> translator: they don't pay attention to this case. i'm really disappointed about it, and it's really sad. i want -- i went to talk to the foreign minister, but he refused to see me. >> reporter: their garden blooms this season, the work of a modest farming family with no political influence. so these were her favorite toys as she was growing up when she
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was just a child, her dolls. she kept them safe with her as she got older. now her brother and her nephew are keeping them safe for her until she comes back to reclaim them. it's as if time has stood still in her old bedroom. her clothes in fashion 40 years ago still hang in her wardrobe with the proof she was born skra scratched on these tiny traditional scrolls and the proof that she is mitched etched on the face of her waiting brother. after 11 days of violence, the philippine government has successfully contained separatist rebels in zamboanga. up to 40 fighters are still holding 21 people hostage. around 100 rebels have been arrested. under hindu traditions in
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india, many women whose husbands dieded are not allows to remarry. with few work opportunities many seek refuge in a place now known as the city of widows. we have a report from there. >> reporter: in a city once famous for its temples, an estimated 20,000 destitute women seek refuge on the streets. they're widows who have come here to the state because their families saw them as a financial burden, and they were abandoned. this woman is one of them. with no other means of income, she makes some money singing at this chanting center. >> translator: how else will i survive? this is how i earn the money. i make 15 cents a day, but if i don't come, i will not have anything. how will i feed myself if i don't come here? >> reporter: while many widows across the country receive an annual pension of $60, several others like her receive no help
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from the government. they tell me why the widow's pension is it not work for all. >> translator: the main problem is we don't have an identified residence. we go about the information that is collected through surveys, and that's how we carry out inspections, but often we are given wrong addresses. it becomes a problem in issuing a pension card. >> reporter: many widows receive food from a number of charities, but the challenge is finding shelter, electricity, and water. almost a third of them live on the streets or on empty plots of land. i've just had a little beacon here, and this is where one of the widows lives. this room is made of clay and bricks and with temperatures rising in the summer, you can imagine it's really easy to bake in here. there are advocates demanding a better life for them, like this
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doctor. he sells toilets across india and uses the profits to provide a monthly wage to over 900 widows. >> translator: it is important we look after all their needs, their food, their work, their livelihoods but most importantly how to live in society with dignity and self-respect. >> reporter: while individuals and groups continue to work for the welfare of these neglected women, many believe they need training instead of welfare so they fear empowered and not abandoned. the former world heavyweight boxing champion ken norton died of a heart attack at the age of 70. he broke ali jaw in 1973. >> his mouth is bloodied. >> no norton was only the second
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